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Meet Clayton Echard’s Potential Bachelor Contestants

Slowly but surely, ABC’s list is growing.

Clayton Echard's 'Bachelor' Season 26 contestants will vie for his roses.
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We haven’t officially met the next Bachelor yet — we’ll have to wait for Michelle Young’s Bachelorette premiere on Oct. 19 for that — but Clayton Echard is already making waves in Bachelor Nation. The tight end-turned-sales rep from Eureka, Missouri, was described as a “very personable” potential Bachelor by Tayshia Adams in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. “He was someone that really had fun with all of the dates,” the current Bachelorette co-host said. “I think if it is him, you’re in for a little treat.” Sources told Us Weekly and Variety that Clayton is the next Bachelor, and photos shared by E! seem to suggest promotional photography was happening in small-town Eureka.

ABC hasn’t confirmed those reports, of course, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about Season 26, Clayton, and who might join him along the way. If Clayton is our guy, his Bachelor season will mark the return of the franchise’s flagship program — the first season since Rachael Kirkconnell’s racism controversy and rocky romance with Matt James shook up the fandom. So trust that this will be one to watch... as if everyone wasn’t already counting down the days till The Bachelor’s likely January premiere date.

Until ABC officially reveals the show’s next star, here is a potential list of Clayton’s Bachelor contestants based on “an early look at the women who may be on this season,” released Sept. 25 by the source itself, The Bachelor Facebook — plus additional information from recent murmurs.

Ency A.

ABC

Ency, 28, is from Burbank, California.

Mara A.

ABC

Mara, 32, is from Cherryhill, New Jersey.

Shanae A.

ABC

Shanae, 29, is from Sycamore, Ohio.

Elizabeth C.

ABC

Elizabeth, 32, is from Highlands Creek, Colorado.

Jill C.

ABC

Jill, 26, is from Scituate, Rhode Island.

Salley C.

ABC

Salley, 26, is from Greenville, South Carolina.

Lindsay D.

ABC

Lindsay, 27, is from Warner Robins, Georgia.

Susie E.

ABC

Susie, 28, is from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Breauna G.

ABC

Breauna, 28, is from San Diego, California.

Kara G.

ABC

Kara, 30, is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kate G.

ABC

Kate, 32, is from Clarksville, Tennessee.

Claire H.

ABC

Claire H., 28, is from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Hunter H.

ABC

Hunter, 28, is from Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

Rianna H.

ABC

Rianna, 26, is from Mount Pleasant, Texas.

On Sept. 22, Reality Steve reported that Rianna Hockaday would be joining the contestants. Though her Instagram is currently private, Reality Steve writes that she is an ICU nurse. In her bio, Hockaday invites users to “ask me about Jesus, he’s my dude.”

Sarah H.

ABC

Sarah, 23, is from Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Eliza I.

ABC

Eliza, 25, is from Berlin, Germany.

Samantha J.

ABC

Samantha, 26, is from Dayton, Ohio.

Sierra J.

ABC

Sierra, 26, is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Hailey M.

ABC

Hailey, 26, is from Orlando, Florida.

Kira M.

ABC

Kira, 32, is from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ivana N.

ABC

Ivana, 31, is from Snellville, Georgia, and Enterprise, Alabama.

Melina N.

ABC

Melina, 27, is from Los Angeles, California.

Genevieve P.

ABC

Genevieve, 26, is from Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Jane P.

ABC

Jane, 33, is from Los Angeles, California.

Daria R.

ABC

Daria, 24, is from Baldwin, New York.

Rachel R.

ABC

Rachel, 25, is from Chicago, Illinois.

Serene R.

ABC

Serene, 26, is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Cassidy T.

ABC

Cassidy, 26, is from Cave Creek, Arizona.

Tessa T.

ABC

Tessa, 26, is from Stamford, Connecticut.

Gabby W.

ABC

Gabby, 30, is from O’Fallon, Illinois.

Lyndsey W.

ABC

Lyndsey, 28, is from Orange, Texas.

This appears to be the Lyndsey Windham that Reality Steve first reported on Sept. 22. Based on his findings, Windham graduated from Texas A&M in 2016. Her Instagram is private, but Bachelor Nation’s de-facto soothsayer reports that she is an employee at Uline, a shipping supply company.

Marlena W.

ABC

Marlena, 30, is from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Teddi W.

ABC

Teddi, 24, is from Redlands, California.